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Friday, 9 March 1928

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) (Honorary Minister) . - I understand that it is Senator Kingsmill's desire to dispense with any discrimination between Empire and foreign grown coffee. If this proposal is agreed to certain consequential amendments will be necessary. I stated yesterday, that discrimination has been shown because the Government recognizes the growing importance of some of our British Crown Colonies in which coffee is produced, and towards which it is desirable that a gesture of this character should be made. This has been done in the hope that it may lead to closer commercial relations and assist in establishing reciprocal preferences which would be of advantage to the Commonwealth, and to those countries with which such preferential arrangements may be made. In deference to what appears to be a strong feeling in favour of the proposal submitted by Senator Kingsmill, I may say that the Government do not intend to divide the" committee on the request.

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